Hi, i'm Joe,
I'm 30 years old and from a small country-side village, in South-East England, which you won't have heard of. 5 years ago I sold everything and bought a one way ticket to Costa Rica, setting flight across the Atlantic with a small website design business. The 'pura vida' spirit caught my heart and I spent around a year enjoying Central America, before flying over to Colombia, where the wild soul of the Sierra Nevada inspired me to settle down and realize one of my dreams of living close to nature.
Recently I acquired a small but beautiful spot of land in a village called Minca, which is nestled a few hundred meters above sea-level, 20-30 minutes drive from the hustle-bustle seaside town of Santa Marta. At 700m altitude, Minca is perched comfortably on the edge the Sierra Nevada, in an area which boasts one of the most spectacular and diverse selection of flora and fauna in the world.
I'm relatively new to permaculture and would be grateful for anything people can teach me. Right now there are about 30 cocoa (cocoa) trees, which I are suffering from disease, and i'd really like to clean them up. They sometimes have fruit, but can be sporadic. Recently i've been working on making some good compost, preparing for chickens, and planting some new fruit trees, among other things. I have a number of other projects in mind for near future, including constructing a compost toilet and platforms for tents from materials on-site. I'm also playing with ideas to set up a Venezuelan crisis awareness and aid project, using the cacao, and would be grateful for anyone with experience or just time and motivation to help make it happen.
The plot is located around 20 minutes walk from the village itself and perched on top of a awe-inspiring, semi-private waterfall. Nothing can be guaranteed at any one time, but so far i've seen howler monkeys, rainbow-beaked toucans, spider monkeys, giant butterflies, miniature hummingbirds (smaller than a little finger!), big cats (i've not seen one, but there have been a number of claimed sightings recently), possums, anteaters, red-headed woodpeckers and a colorful array of frogs and insects.
Project could be ideal for a couple or introvert, since the farm is slightly isolated and I am currently studying social psychology whilst maintaining a small web-design business, so I tend to spend a fair amount of time in cyber-land. I'm pretty laid back though.
Please don't hesitate to message me with questions etc and maybe lets chat on facebook?
Hope speak soon,
Help with Eco project
Exchange tips and tricks on organic farming/eco-living and learn how to process cacao. This is an ideal opportunity for people wanting to experience living close to and in harmony with nature. Whilst I am quite new to this, I'm happy to share what I know. The plot is actively producing (some tasty) cacao and avocados (harvested from April to August) and im looking to plant new fruit and vegetables, as I learn about gardening.
Making cocoa, Farm maintenance, Building stuff from bamboo, Having fun, Ideas for voluntary communal projects,
English, Basic Spanish
There are some beautiful spots to pitch a tent. There are communal toilets and electric. Hammock (or possibly tent) can be provided. Please message to discuss available bedding options.
UTILITIES AND HUMBLE LUXURIES
-Solar electric and filtered water.
- Washing machine access
- Access too kitchen and open-fire/gas stoves
-Internet, fast at certain times of day.
Whilst food can't be provided as such, there is a communal kitchen which volunteers may use and a small selection of fruits and veg , depending on season.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
3 hours a day, 5 days a week- no food